Children’s malnutrition organization, Vitamin Angels, is distributing more than 345,000 zinc tablets to help prevent children’s deaths due to diarrhea, thanks to a donation by Novus International.
The zinc tablets are being provided through Novus’s human ingredient division Stratum Nutrition. The tablets will be used to supplement oral rehydration salt (ORS) to reduce diarrheal episodes in infants and children under the age of five, the age group most vulnerable to this illness. According to the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, widespread use of ORS in conjunction with zinc can prevent up to 88 percent of the 1.5 million childhood deaths worldwide each year due to diarrhea.
The tablets are being distributed by Vitamin Angels at two MillenniumVillages projects in Kenya. The Millennium Villages project offers an innovative model for helping rural African communities lift themselves out of extreme poverty. The organization believes by fighting poverty at the village level through community-led development, rural Africa can help reduce extreme poverty and hunger by half and improve education, health, gender equality and environmental sustainability for hundreds of millions of people throughout the continent.